Switch gears as part of your summer strategy

Summer is very much my favourite season of the year. The aspects that appeal to me most are the longer days and the summer sun, although the latter is most likely a cow’s worst nightmare. So, the summer season is bittersweet, with the love I have for it overshadowed by the fact that dairy cows…

Is busyness killing productivity?

We live in the era of busyness. Everyone is busy trying to be everywhere and to do everything at once. While society may romanticise the idea of being busy, the reality is that we open ourselves up to being overworked, while not allowing ourselves to be fully present and focused. In your business, this could…

Becoming agile together

Agility and agile together is what comes to mind when I consider what the agricultural industry has been through over the past year and a half. In 2020, unexpectedly, this sector was actually one of only a few that saw economic growth. While the fact that the industry was classified as an essential service (people…

Continued focus reaps rewards

The theme for this month’s issue of The Dairy Mail is “Choice, chance, and change”. These three words really fill one with a sense of hope and optimism. We can hope for new possibilities and the potential to change our trajectory and outcomes should we decide to do so. This month, I would like to…

Snowball into success

Snowball your calf rearing into heifer rearing success

Precision farming holds the key to the future. The future of a dairy herd lies with the heifers that will replace your existing herd. There needs to be a continuous drive to improve fertility on-farm, to ensure that our milking cows fall pregnant. At the end of gestation, we go through one of the most…

Changing ordinary to extraordinary

trace mineral supplement for dry cow nutrition

Precision nutrition may be a term we are familiar with, but is it something we practise every day in managing our herds? Is there even a place for precision nutrition in times when feed prices are high? I think this is precisely the time we should be looking at precision nutrition and questioning what is…

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